Friday, December 4, 2015

envelope advent calendar

Happy Friday friends! I'm excited to share my version of a Christmas Countdown using some new papers from the We R Memory Keepers DIY Party Collection, and one of my most-used crafting tools, the Envelope Punch Board.

Envelope Advent Calendar by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers #envelopepunchboard #adventcalendar #christmascountdown #DIYholidays


In our family we do an advent calendar each December for the 25 days leading up to Christmas. We do fun seasonal activities as a family all month long, so the purpose of our advent calendar is to help our family focus on what the Christmas holiday means to us.



Each envelope is filled with a slip of paper that contains an advent scripture verse, an inspirational Christmas quote, or the title of an inspirational video to watch. We gather as a family each night and take turns pulling out the paper from that day's envelope. We do our advent reading (or watch our video) with all the light off except the Christmas tree, and then each of the kids gets to pick a small treat from our advent treat basket. 

Envelope Advent Calendar by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers #envelopepunchboard #adventcalendar #christmascountdown #DIYholidays

This advent calendar was easy to make. I simply followed the instructions on the board to make 25 different sizes and shapes of envelopes using the DIY Party 12x12 Patterned Paper Pad. I have a certain amount of space to hang them above my fireplace, so I kept the envelopes to 3 1/2 inches wide or less. Then I cut some numbers with my Cameo using gold cardstock from the new DIY Party collection 12x12 Cardstock Pad. I hung my envelopes on green striped baker's twine using mini wooden clothespins.

Envelope Advent Calendar by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers #envelopepunchboard #adventcalendar #christmascountdown #DIYholidays
This has become one of our favorite Christmas activities! Our whole family looks forward to it each year.
Envelope Advent Calendar by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers #envelopepunchboard #adventcalendar #christmascountdown #DIYholidays

Have a wonderful weekend friends! I'll see you back here on Monday with some more holiday inspiration!

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